Patterns and Dynamics of European Subnational Governance: Institutional Transformations in Hungarian Micro-regional Associations 1990-2006

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dc.contributor.author KELLER, Judit
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-28T13:27:44Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-28T13:27:44Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Florence, European University Institute, 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/14377
dc.description Defense date: 15/06/2010 en
dc.description Examining Board: László Bruszt (EUI) (Supervisor), Michael Keating (formerly EUI/Univ. Aberdeen), Ilona Kovács Pálné (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pécs), Carlo Trigilia (Univ. Florence) en
dc.description.abstract This research represents a longitudinal study of changing patterns of governance in six microregions in Hungary. Its findings indicate that the dominant trend was a move from a nonhierarchical mode of governance, including integrated developmental policy making by diverse local state and non-state actors in the early 1990s, towards fragmented and hierarchical modes of governance by the 2000s. By the time Hungary had moved closer to EU accession, non-hierarchical and inclusive institutional solutions (heterarchies) had started to disappear from micro-regional governance in comparison to the early 1990s. Only a few micro-regional collaborations could survive the Europeanization of sub-national governance. These evolutionary trends were mainly shaped by domestic factors, the EU having only indirect influence on the process through providing the central state with prerogatives near the end of the decade to control regional and sub-regional development policy. This is only part of the story, however. Pre-accession support programs had also strengthened the governance capacities of sub-national state and non-state actors and enabled local political entrepreneurs to organize micro-regional territorial development through heterarchies even in the face of asymmetric power constellations between central governments and local state and non-state actors. The basic underlying assumption of this research, based on heterodox development theories, is that there is an interplay between heterarchic governance patterns and socioeconomic development. The case studies confirm that in an unstable and swiftly changing political, economic and institutional environment, heterarchic institutional solutions are necessary to maintain at least an average developmental level or to change a development path. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI PhD theses en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Department of Political and Social Sciences en
dc.subject.lcsh Hungary -- Economic policy -- 1989-
dc.subject.lcsh Economic stabilization -- Hungary
dc.title Patterns and Dynamics of European Subnational Governance: Institutional Transformations in Hungarian Micro-regional Associations 1990-2006 en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.identifier.doi 10.2870/19958
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